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post #1 of 12 Old 06-06-2012, 03:00 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on possible "first horse" purchase

I've been looking for months, but was intending to get more serious about a purchase later in October/November after a few changes in my job. Since my timeline isn't urgent, I've been looking online at as many horses as I can find to get a sense of price range for horses of various sizes, ages, backgrounds, and training experience.

Briefly, I would consider myself an advanced beginner (can walk, trot, canter independently) and have been free leasing for about 1.5 years now. This would be my first horse I would own, and would be boarding for the first year while building a barn at home. If/when the horse came home, it would come with at least one pasture mate.

My goals are to be able to do training level dressage (to continue to understand the mechanics of "proper" movement for horse & rider) and be able to trail ride solo and in a group. I have dreams of long distance riding, but that would be in the future.

I know I want something on the smaller side- my lease mare feels perfect to me at about 14.2. I am only 5'3" and feel most comfortable both on the ground and in the saddle with something on the smaller side.

With all that out of the way, a horse I saw online today really got my heart beating a little faster. Here's a video of her undersaddle: macy english mvr - YouTube

There are some pics here (scroll down until you get to "Mac Bee Happy"), but since they're clearly not confo shots, I didn't want to put them in that section.

This is all based on online viewing, and I need to decide if I like her enough to actually go see her a little sooner than I was expecting to start my "shopping."

Would love opinions about what you see as she moves undersaddle. I am somewhat familiar with this ranch, as a lesson horse at my barn came from there. They seem to be pretty straight shooters, and move a lot of horses every year. I think they get what first time owners are looking for, so while the price is on the high side, I think they're selling to the type of clientele that wants something trustworthy and steady.

What do you think?
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-06-2012, 04:15 PM
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she is beautiful!!
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-06-2012, 04:23 PM
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I do not know anything about dressage and what makes a good dressage horse, but she sure is gorgeous! Wow.

I enjoyed looking at all the horses they have for sale.
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-06-2012, 05:25 PM
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Good luck with your search! Keep us in the loop!
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post #5 of 12 Old 06-06-2012, 06:23 PM
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I also know nothing about dressage but I really like her. I like her movement and I like how sweet she is in the face. I would definitely go take a look and see how you got along with her. =)

If you need any advice on first time horse buying, feel free to ask!

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post #6 of 12 Old 06-23-2012, 09:03 AM
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I think she's a very cute mover, I saw more hunter than dressage honestly.. but she could do lower levels no problem.

Love her stop, and how versatile she is.

Let me know how it goes when you test ride her :)

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post #7 of 12 Old 06-23-2012, 12:38 PM
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From the video, she looks like a quiet, sound, willing horse. Nice horse.

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post #8 of 12 Old 06-26-2012, 06:11 PM
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Did you go see her? My only comment would be that she is beautiful now.....but she's grey. In a few years, you'll have a fleabit grey and then a white horse. With all the problems that a grey horse can bring. Greys are beautiful and I'm partial to them, but they don't stay grey for long and they are prone to tumors.

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post #9 of 12 Old 06-26-2012, 10:29 PM
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I agree with Sky, she looks much more hunter than dressage. Very cute, but she doesn't scream dressage to me. It appears to me that is is built more downhill which is not a desirable trait for dressage, you need a horse that get easily get up and underneath themselves. She can do that, however it'll be a heck of a lot harder for her.

I'm seriousling in love with "Bondz" the paint haha. He would be a super cute dressage mount - I really like how he's built!
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post #10 of 12 Old 06-26-2012, 10:53 PM
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If you go look at the grey, I would recommend riding the paint as well. They are basically the same price. He may have more resell value since he is bigger and very colorful. Just a thought. Both are nice horses.

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